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(Pictured: Missy Raines Trio)
Pumpstock celebrates 10th annual Americana fest
Saturday, June 8 @ Bailey Park, 300 Bailey St., East Lansing., $10 donation
The Pump House is a neighborhood-run listening room located in the heart of the Bailey Neighborhood in East Lansing, and is a longtime supporter of touring and local Americana acts. Along with its ongoing calendar of intimate concerts, each year it’s also host to Pumpstock, an all-day outdoor concert showcasing two stages of talent, local food vendors, a “ukulele petting zoo” and various children’s activities, including Rogo The Clown. Organizers encourage attendees to “bring chairs, blankets, your family, your friends and your dogs.” All proceeds go to the performers, children’s entry is free.
This year, the festival’s 10th annual event, hosts returning headliner Missy Raines, a winner of seven “Bass Player of the Year” awards from the International Bluegrass Music Association. For this performance, the Nashville resident brings her acoustic trio. In October, Raines released her latest album, the “Royal Traveller” LP, which Bluegrass Today applauded for its eclectic batch of “heartfelt ballads and songs of subtle persuasion.” The publication also dubbed her “one of bluegrass’ most preferred partisans.” Another returning act is California-based singer/songwriter David Luning, whose 2017 sophomore album, “Restless,” has earned him praise from Rolling Stone, who hailed him as a “rebellious troubadour.” Luning first garnered national attention in 2014, when he appeared on ABC’s “American Idol.” Other mainstage performers include Jen Sygit & The Dirty Looks, Olivia Mainville & The Aquatic Troupe and The Matt Bliton Band. The second stage spotlights locals Nicholas Merz, Abbey Hoffman, Wes Millhouse and Tania Watt. For set times and more, visit facebook.com/Pumpstock.
Saturday, June 1 @ The Loft, 414 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. All ages, $18, $16 adv., 6 p.m.
For the past month, Lansing’s own Hot Mulligan has been embarking on its lengthy spring tour. After playing dates from New York to Los Angeles, the emerging pop punks return home Saturday for a headlining slot at The Loft. The all-ages show includes performances from the band’s tour mates Belmont, Kayak Jones, Fredo Disco and Future Teens. It’s been a busy few years for Hot Mulligan, especially since it signed with No Sleep Records—a California-based label known for its long roster of notable releases, including records from La Dispute and The Wonder Years.
Since its 2014 formation, Hot Mulligan has stayed true to its poppy, emo-doused brand of punk. While much of the five-piece’s catalog is streamed at hotmulligan.bandcamp.com, No Sleep Records’ website also has plenty of tangible items available, including the band’s 2018 full-length album, “Pilot,” on colored vinyl — half-mustard yellow, half-red with black splatter. No Sleep also reissued the group’s 2017 EP, “Opportunities,” on yellow and transparent purple vinyl. Fans of Taking Back Sunday or Motion City Soundtrack might want to snag copies before they’re gone — each vinyl release is a limited edition of 500 copies.
Since the band was formed by Chris Freeman (guitar/vocals) and Nathan “Tades” Sanville (vocals), Hot Mulligan has gone through a few lineup changes. Since its debut EP, 2015’s “Fenton,” a rotating cast has cut a series of records, including the “Pilot” LP, which climbed to No. 13 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart. Since 2016, the lineup has also comprised guitarist Ryan Malicsi, bassist Garrett Willig and drummer Brandon Blakeley.